I keep saying “If I knew what I was doing I could get a job somewhere.”
And last night I had one of those forehead-slapping “Duh!” moments.
This is a sweater I knit several years ago:
It is overwide and undertall and I really didn’t like it when it was done. I think I’ve actually worn it twice… maybe? But that’s okay: it has (finally?) served a purpose. It has given me the basic patterning sequence I was looking for to use for the shawl project, so I don’t have to fiddle with coordinating bands of motifs or anything like that.
Check out the pattern sequence here:
Do you see it? EVERY color has 3 rows with a row in between. Every color is bordered by two other colors, which fill in the in-between rows. Totally randomized, in that I was working with dozens of balls of worsted wt. Peruvian wool, and just plucked a different ball when it was time to change colors.
I can do the same thing in this shawl I’ve been agonizing over (and starting and ripping out). And there are some interesting slip stitch designs I can incorporate to break up the monotony of ‘just plain stripes’. But I don’t have to use two colors per row. Not only will that make for a lighter shawl, but less-congested fringes.